Motorola Edge 30 Ultra exhibits acceptable repairability in a new teardown video
Motorola's Edge 30 Ultra is arguably one of the most impressive Android devices of 2022, augmenting its high-end OLED display and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 platform with a world-first incorporation of the Samsung ISOCELL HP1 sensor. However, as PBKReviews has demonstrated, those premium internals have come at somewhat of a cost to its repairability.
The Edge 30 Ultra allows entry through heating and removing the glass rear panel, as with many other Android smartphones. However, things get slightly more complicated from there, even at the point of dealing with its outsized main camera lens.
Like the Edge 30 Fusion, the 30 Ultra's camera hump has a separate bezel that is nearly as glued down as the rear panel, meaning that it too has to be pried up before proceeding with the teardown. Then again, moving past this extra step reveals that a number of parts, the marquee 200MP camera module included, can be taken out by themselves, which might be nice to know in the event of a repair.
Besides this, the 30 Ultra was shown to contain a surfeit of screws and cooling solutions components to take into account while navigating one's way through the device - on that note, it seems even that huge main camera needs copper tape and thermal paste to stay cool.
Interesting as it is to see how all of the Edge 30 Ultra's top-shelf components came together, it was ultimately rewarded a repairability score of 6.5/10. That does not seem all that great - then again, it outdid the Pixel 7 Pro and did just as well as the iPhone 14 Pro Max before it.